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July 7, 2007
From journal Deer Park - White Mountains, NH
July 23, 2005
There is a large car park at the entrance, with a visitor centre, shop, restaurant, restrooms, etc. You start the walk at the rear of the visitor centre, and the first thing you come across is a beautiful covered bridge over the river that was built in 1886.
You then follow the trail to Rock Table. This is a large granite platform that the water flows over and is quite beautiful. It is 500 feet long and 75 feet wide.
The next section is the gorge itself. This is a very narrow section with the river flowing down the gorge and a series of walkways and steps guiding you over it. The noise the river produces is quite astounding. This is incredibly scenic, and most people were stopping frequently to take pictures. Towards the end of the gorge is the Avalanche Falls, which, again, is quite stunning and very loud.
You then walk along another section of the trail and through the forest to Liberty Gorge, which is a beautiful stream flowing through a valley. Just a bit farther on is another covered bridge leading to The Pool. This is an area that, again, is very pretty and is dominated by the covered bridge to one side, forest to the other, and huge 40-foot-deep pool at the bottom of the cliffs.
The final section of the walk takes you past enormous granite boulders that were brought here by glaciers over 25,000 years ago. Some weigh over 300 tons, and it is fascinating to see that the trees have grown round them. Some look as if the tree roots are hugging the boulders, holding them in place.
The walk is definitely not handicapped friendly, and I would not recommend parents to take strollers with them, as much of the walk is over rocky and forest paths. There are also lots of slippery steps in the gorge itself.
This place is stunning and is absolutely worth visiting. It took us about 1.5 hours to walk the route at a leisurely pace, stopping frequently to take photos. If you are anywhere near here, you must visit.
From journal New England in a Week!
New York, New York
December 24, 2004
The flume is a natural gorge. The walls reach over 70 feet, and several of the walkways are built on the side of the falling water. The walls are about 10 to 12 feet apart. A feeling of just you and the water, and the natural beauty, is awesome. You also get to walk through a covered bridge that passes over the flume. This is a must-see!
From journal Retreat in White Mountain National Forest